BloodCenter of Wisconsin announces Endowed Chair for Cancer Research

Demin Wang, Ph.D., senior investigator at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute, has been named as the recipient of the John B. and Judith A. Gardetto Chair for Cancer Research. The $1 million endowment will further Dr. Wang’s research in the area of leukemia.

Dr. Wang is working to better understand the functioning of B cells, a type of white blood cell, and their communication pathways.  His research could lead to discoveries that will help treat leukemia and lymphoma, as well as immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders.

Dr. Wang has been with the Blood Research Institute since 2000.  He is a member of the Molecular and Cellular Hematology study section at the National Institutes of Health, a peer review group which evaluates research grant applications.  He also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Immunology. Dr. Wang is a recipient of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar Award.   

“The tremendous generosity of this endowment will enable Dr. Wang to advance the great work he is accomplishing to advance patient care,” said Gilbert C. White II, M.D., Director of the Blood Research Institute. “Tomorrow's breakthroughs are dependent on the discoveries we make today with the knowledge and world renowned expertise of our scientists and physicians. This gift will have a profound impact on those discoveries. I am very grateful to the Gardetto family for making this important research possible.”

Endowed gifts to the Blood Research Institute reflect the generosity of our community supporters and their passion for advancing medical breakthroughs. Their support ensures investigators like Dr. Wang have the necessary resources to continue their life-saving work which is crucial to finding new treatments and developing cures.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the Blood Research Institute has changed lives for people with bleeding disorders, heart and vascular diseases, transfusion complications, organ transplants and cancer patients.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a private, not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ and tissue recovery, marrow donation and education, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties including all community hospitals in Southeastern Wisconsin. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit

April 02, 2013